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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Frank Colver » Thu May 04, 2017 5:45 pm

A little more sophisticated than my balloon was.

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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby eagle » Fri May 05, 2017 1:41 pm

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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Tue May 09, 2017 9:07 pm

Paragliding

Periodically, I review my counts and re-verify.
My most recent re-verification (from 2010 to the present) provides a total of 1561 paragliding fatalities since 1986.
Hang gliding fatalities beginning from 1900 do not even come close.
Airframes are an intelligence test.
An awful lot of people flunked it.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Wed May 10, 2017 10:26 am

Rick Masters wrote:Airframes are an intelligence test.
An awful lot of people flunked it.

Sounds like a new Darwin Award category.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Wed May 10, 2017 3:05 pm

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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Wed May 10, 2017 9:50 pm

Paragliding fatality #1554
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Thu May 11, 2017 4:56 am

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More than 1 out of 7 soaring parachutists goes to the hospital for injuries every season in Austria!
Lucky for them, they have socialized medicine.     :shock:
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May 7, 2017 AUSTRIA
Paragliding is so dangerous
http://ooe.orf.at/news/stories/2841576/

More than 6,000 people in Austria enjoy paragliding.
But the sport has a high risk of injury.
Every year around 900 athletes are so hurt that they have to go to the hospital.
"Many accidents with paragliders happen during take-off or landing. Furthermore, a large portion of accidents is caused by thermal turbulence, wind gusts and other turbulence, " explains Dr. Rupert Kisser , Head of the Home, Leisure & Sports division at the Road Safety Board.
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Note that "thermal turbulence, wind gusts and other turbulence" perfectly describes the normal inland atmospheric conditions that hang glider pilots take delight in flying.
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Thu May 11, 2017 12:44 pm

Paragliding

I have chosen May 12 as the beginning of the annual paragliding slaughter in the northern hemisphere, using the somewhat spooky coincidence of the paragliding deaths of
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Pamela Hargett at Torrey Pines on May 12, 2012 and
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Meg VanScriver at Lookout Mountain on May 12, 2013.

Here's a look at the last 8 years of world paragliding deaths to May 11 - from my list.
Note that it can take a year to get close to a reasonably complete total, so the 2017 number is probably real light.

2017    26
2016    29
2015    24
2014    35
2013    21
2012    32
2011    24
2010    27

That's the good news.
The bad news is that tomorrow things are about to get really ugly again.

One reason these numbers are higher than the numbers for hang gliders is that in stronger conditions hang gliders are fun but paragliders become uncontrollable death traps.
No accident illustrates this fact with greater poignance than Meg VanScriber's fatal accident.
From my reflective writing:

She was a hang glider pilot and mechanical engineer who had unfortunately transitioned to paragliders. Margaret Julie VanSciver had served with the Peace Corps in Tanzania, later worked with Engineers Without Borders in Rwanda for two summers, and more recently began an association with Africa Aid.
    On the anniversary of Pamela Haggert's death at Torrey Pines on May 12, 2012, Meg VanScriver fell from 40 feet during a terrifying out-of-control episode. Immediately upon launching, her canopy encountered strong lift and underwent partial deflation at the tips which turned it downwind toward the mountain. The paraglider "then rolled into an inverted position with the wing underneath" the helpless woman and the entire canopy partially deflated. Van Scriver fell through, bringing the lines taut, and the canopy re-inflated.
    "At this point the wing was accelerating back towards the launch and the pilot initiated a 180-degree turn, again entering the rising air. The glider again rolled right and collapsed, spinning the pilot 180-degrees back towards the hill. The pendulum action threw the pilot into the ground."
    Emergency responders found her unconscious and having difficulty breathing. She was taken by emergency responders to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where she died later that evening.


Drawn from USHPA and other sources
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Re: Other dangerous sports news

Postby Rick Masters » Thu May 11, 2017 8:48 pm

This should be the most visited page in all of free flight.
It is not.
May God give you soaring parachutists solace in your last moments of despair.
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